What do you do about piano lessons the week of Thanksgiving? I like to have a group lesson on Monday of that week, instead of their regular lesson. And every year I try to make a new game as well as play some old favorites.
The game I am posting today is for beginners and first to second year students. I decided that since my group lessons usually have different levels of students, I would make bingo boards just for the younger ones who may still be in the pre-reading stage, but also include boards for students who can read music. The first 2 pages of cards (4 game boards) do not have notes on the staff, but piano keys instead.
Sometimes I like to keep the easy cards separate from the harder cards, so for this game I printed the easier calling cards on different colored card stock. That way I can draw the easy cards for the younger students. The music symbols in all the cards are basic, but the second set does have a few more challenging terms as well as notes on the staff.
Don’t worry if your beginners don’t know all of the symbols. Help them out while they play, and they will learn them. Children learn a lot faster in a game than on a page of a method book!
I had fun making this game. I hope your students enjoy it!
- White card stock
- Optional: 2 different colors of card stock for the calling cards
- Bingo tokens, enough for all the students to cover their game board
- A bowl or other container for the calling cards
- Print and cut out the bingo boards you want to use.
- Print and cut out the teacher calling cards. Optional: print each set of calling cards on different colored card stock.
- Give each student a bingo board, or let students share cards and play in teams.
- Place all the calling cards in a bowl. The teacher draws a card and calls out the letter on the card and the symbol.
- If a students has that symbol under the correct letter, D, A, or Y, he covers the square with a bingo token.
- The first player to cover 3 in a row is the winner.
- Students also like to play “black out”, where the first student to cover all their squares is the winner.
- To introduce new musical notes, symbols, and terms
- To reinforce musical symbols
Why I like this game
- Students love Bingo
- With only 9 squares, this is a very fast bingo game
- Even beginning students can play